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Pasdong FMR: Making dreams into reality

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The farm to market road (FMR) is muddy and slippery during the rainy days with its earth and gravel surfaces. And in worst cases, the road is closed due to landslides that delay the transportation of vegetables to the local market that highly affect its quality resulting to reduction of price. Hauling of agricultural products, farm inputs and other basic needs in Pasdong also requires more expensive labor cost and longer hours to accomplish due to the poor condition of the road. This is also attributed to the high cost of vehicle maintenance for those few vehicles regularly traversing the area.

 

 Benguet Governor Nestor B. Fongwan also recalled that they had difficulties in bringing relief goods and assistance to the community during typhoons and landslides where most of the roads are closed and that the only access left is through air transportation (e.g. helicopter).

 

Moreover, Mr. Fabian Lasonan, sayote farmer, of sitio Inaba, Pasdong narrated that they have to travel more or less five hours from Cuyabing to La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post and/or Baguio market. Another more or less 30 minutes travel time is required for people in the nearby communities before reaching the road. Agricultural products produced include rice, chayote, sweet potato, Baguio beans and other root and tuber crops.

 

To address these issues, the improvement of Bokig-Cuyabing FMR was implemented through cost-sharing scheme of 70% (CHARMP2) – 20% (DA-OSEC) – 5% (MLGU) – 5% (BLGU). During the Participatory Planning and Investment Planning, the road was identified to be the top most priority of Pasdong. Accordingly, this will not only benefit the people of Bokig and Cuyabing but also nearby communities like Betac, Inaba, Proper Pasdong, and Dituan.

 

“Now that we have this road, we can just send our agricultural produce or farm inputs to travelling vehicles and we will surely receive it (paw-it) within the day. The road is very beneficial especially to us here in the remote areas because it brings us closer to basic services,” said Mr. Dimas Tio-tio, one of the beneficiaries. Brgy. Captain Remejio Silog added that, for them, the FMR is a dream-come-true because they might still be suffering like before without the rehabilitation of the road. Mr. Lasonan also added that the road has greatly helped them in reducing their losses from post-harvest damages and vehicle maintenance with better road.

 

Retired teacher Ms. Dominga Dulagan also extended her thanks to CHARMP2 and the local government for making the road possible. “Without this road, I might be dead already two years ago,” she shared. Ms. Dulagan had a cardiac arrest at that time so they have to call for an ambulance to bring her to the nearest hospital. Luckily, the road was already completed by then making the trip shorter and bearable. Reaching government services, schools and local markets that are usually located in La Trinidad, Benguet can already be traversed within three to three and a half hours.

 

Having a total contract amount of Php3, 582, 220.57, the improved FMR’s length is 2.022 kilometers with the following improvements: 115 meters concrete pavement, 1,907 meters concrete tire path, 15.93 cubic grouted riprap, and 10 units cross drainage. The Bokig-Cuyabing road is actually a continuation of the Km.51-Proper Paoay-Bosleng road in barangay Paoay, Atok which was constructed by the MLGU several years ago on a piece meal due to limited resources.

 

The Bokig-Cuyabing FMR is the last CHARMP2 rural infrastructure subproject turned over last March 1 in Atok, Benguet. In total, there were five FMRs, one foot path and one Community Irrigation System with a consolidated total contract amounts of Php16, 835, 007.11 turned over in the municipality for their operation and maintenance.//Janice B. Agrifino

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